Government and Social Policy

Daniel Schlozman

Daniel Schlozman

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2011.
Joseph and Bertha Bernstein Assistant Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University.


Daniel Schlozman's first book, When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History, has been published by Princeton University Press (August 2015).

Winner of the 2016 Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association.

Francis X. Shen

Francis X. Shen

JD / PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2006 and 2008.
Associate Professor of Law and McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota.
Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior.


Francis X. Shen directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab at the University of Minnesota: "Every story is a brain story, and we focus our attention on the ways in which law and public policy can be improved through integration of brain science." He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach activities for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

The Casualty GapFrancis X. Shen is co-author (with Douglas L. Kriner) of The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities, Oxford University Press (2010).

Vesla M. Weaver

Vesla M. Weaver

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2007.
Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University.


Winner of the Andrew Carnegie fellowship, awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of  New York for the advancement of research in the humanities and social sciences, 2016.

Weaver is at work on a new project that will map patterns of citizenship and governance across cities and neighborhoods called the Faces of American Democracy using an innovative technology that creates digital ‘wormholes’ called Portals.

VArresting Citizenshipesla Weaver's book with Amy Lerman, Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control, documents the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion, particularly for the black urban poor. University of Chicago Press (2014).

Winner of the American Political Science Association's Best Book in Urban Politics, 2015.

Creating a New Racial OrderJennifer L. Hochschild, Vesla M. Weaver, and Traci R. Burch's (PhD '07) book, Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America, has been published by Princeton University Press (2012).

Winner of  the American Political Science Association’s Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Best Dissertation Award, 2008.

Martin  R. West

Martin R. West

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2006.
Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Deputy Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School.


Teachers versus the PublicTeachers versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them, by Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson (PhD '11), and Martin R. West (PhD. '06) has been published by The Brookings Institution (2014).

Martin West's earlier book (co-edited with Joshua Dunn), From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American EducationexFrom Schoolhouse to Courthouseamines the increase in judicial involvement in education policymaking over the past 50 years. Brookings Institution Press, 2009).

Vanessa  Williamson

Vanessa Williamson

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2015.
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution.
Senior Fellow, Urban–Brookings Tax Policy Center.


Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay TaxesVanessa Williamson's second book, Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes, has been published by Princeton University Press (2017).

Vanessa Williamson is the co-author, with Theda Skocpol, of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, which examines how the Tea Party pushed the Republican Party The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatismfarther to the right. Oxford University Press (2012). 

Selected one of the ten best political books of the year by The New Yorker. 

Miya Woolfalk

Miya Woolfalk

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2013.
Director of Research, Analyst Institute.


Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College, 2013-2016.

Miya Woolfalk leads a team of research managers and analysts who design, implement and analyze research projects on a wide range of topics. Her substantive expertise and primary interests are in civic engagement and voter mobilization, with a focus on the political behavior of racial and ethnic groups.